Resources

Managing Q&A for Maximizing Engagement in Remote Environments

The question and answer period in any presentation has always been a key part of measuring and enabling audience engagement with the presenter and their content. An active Q&A session tells you that your audience has been listening and interested; a silent Q&A tells you …

Beware of the accidental audience

By Christine Nicometo, originally published on LinkedIn.

As I near the two-decade mark teaching presentations to professionals, you might say I’ve seen it all. From the brilliantly terrified to the underprepared but overly confident, speakers each start with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. However, …

The December 2020 of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is Now Available

The new issue is now available online.

Volume 64, Number 4, December 2020

Integrative Literature Review:

Internet-Mediated Genre Studies: An Integrative Literature Review (2005–2019), by X. Shi, S. Carliner, and W. Wan

This study explores internet-mediated genre studies and identifies the specific genres studied, the analytical components, research methods used, …

ProComm Fireside Chat: Strategies for Industry Success in the New Normal

Thursday December 10th, 3:00pm EST. 

Strategies for Industry Success in the New Normal is an opportunity for you to reflect on challenges, discuss new strategies, and learn from the experiences of fellow industry members and academic professional communication specialists as we adapt to online, hybrid or physically …

A Roundup of Zoom Tips (and a few unconventional takes on them!)

At the start of the pandemic, nobody was an expert at videoconferencing. Well, that’s not quite right … There have been a steady stream of Zoom Tips articles from “experts” in the field, containing everything from “get good at lighting” to “what to wear” on …

Announcing the ProComm Fireside Chat series

Our society is excited to launch a discussion series to help you stay connected with like-minded professionals as we all navigate significant changes to our professional lives. The “ProComm Fireside Chat” series will be an informal opportunity to learn from other ProComm members as we …

Plain Language in the Sciences

Science (and engineering) is often considered a highly exclusive domain, with participation requiring significant education and practical experience. One of the ways that science and engineering maintains its exclusivity is through its highly specialized language and rhetorical conventions. For example, the scientific paper has traditionally had a gatekeeping …

Finding your Voice and Verbs in Engineering

In her paper “‘Here We Show’: Teaching Engineering Students to Reason with an Audience,” to be delivered at ProComm 2020, Dr. Suzanne Lane argues that learning to use first-person discourse alongside with active voice is an important step in becoming an engineer. 

Although the use of …

Cognitive Biases in Technical Communication

How aware are you of your cognitive biases and how they can impact your reception and delivery of communication? In a paper to be delivered at ProComm2020, Quan Zhou categorizes and outlines over twenty cognitive biases that can play into the communication act. 

The Cognitive Bias …